Lorna Donatone is Sodexo’s CEO for Geographic Regions and Region Chair for North America. She is a member of the Sodexo Group Executive Committee and Chair of the North America Regional Leadership Committee. As CEO for Geographic Regions, Ms. Donatone is responsible for the coordination of businesses around the world.
Sodexo is the global leader in Quality of Life services. Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo’s 427,000 employees serve 100 million consumers each day through On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services, and Personal and Home Services. With $9.9B in annual revenues in the U.S. and Canada, Sodexo’s 150,000 employees in North America provide more than 100 unique services that improve performance at 13,000 client sites. Sodexo is committed to supporting diversity and inclusion and safety, while upholding the highest standards of corporate responsibility and ethical business conduct.
Before moving to her current role, Ms. Donatone was CEO for Schools worldwide, managing the K-12 business in 42 countries. Prior to that, she served as Chief Operating Officer and President of Sodexo’s U.S. Education market, which includes 500 public school districts and more than 850 college and university campuses. She has held several other key leadership roles in the company, including President of School Services and President of Spirit Cruises. Ms. Donatone has been instrumental in developing Sodexo’s Employee Business Resource Groups, with a commitment to diversity, inclusion, mentorship and training employees. She began her career in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche and has worked in the airline, banking and high-tech industries.
Ms. Donatone demonstrates her leadership through community and industry involvement. She is on the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation Board. She has served as on the boards of the National Restaurant Association since 2005 and became a trustee of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation in 2011, and is past Chair of the Board. Ms. Donatone is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Foodservice Forum. She was elected as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Culinary Institute of America in 2008. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Jamba Juice, Inc. Ms. Donatone chairs the Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business International Board of Visitors and is a member of the Tulane University Business School Council. She previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for Entertainment Cruises.
Ms. Donatone was recognized by NAFEM in 2013 with a doctorate in foodservice. She received the Ascendancy Award by w2wlink.com in 2010 for her work in mentoring women. Girls, Inc. recognized her in 2009 for her work in empowering young women. In 2015, she received the Trailblazer Award from the Women’s Foodservice Forum.
She has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Tulane University and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.